MSPs have recognised the 80th anniverary of St Nicholas Church, Sighthill, in Edinburgh, calling it a “positive and welcoming presence for all in the community.”
Edinburgh Pentlands MSP, Gordon Macdonald, tabled a motion praising Dr Kisitu and other St Nicholas’ church leaders which was signed by 12 other cross-party MSPs last month.
Rev Dr Tom Kisitu, the minister at St Nicholas Church, is looking forward to welcoming locals to the celebrations.
“2019 is a momentous year for St Nicholas Church, Sighthill. It is a time to give thanks for our 80 years of life and work, as a local parish church.
“I know some might ask why we celebrate, especially at a time when our church, the Church of Scotland, struggles in many ways to remain relevant, and unmistakably visible in a fast-moving nation and on an evolving Scottish landscape.
“Our response is, ‘why not celebrate?’ Why not celebrate God’s mighty hand on, in and through a community of faith and action like St Nicholas Church, which only 50 years ago, had the largest Sunday school in Scotland, peaking at just over 1000 children!
“As we celebrate 80 years of existence as a local parish church, we’re following the practice of looking back to see, understand and appreciate God’s footprints in our life, and our work must enrich (and indeed be followed by) the living of our lives together, forwards – as we break new ground, take new actions and make new choices.
“We, at St Nicholas Church, Sighthill, choose to celebrate our 80th anniversary by shouting ‘Ebenezer! (this far the Lord has brought us)’ and, with greater breath and faith, trusting Him to lead us on to a better, fruitful and glorious future.
“We soldier on, with the confidence, ‘that He who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:6).”
Celebrations have been taking place throughout this month to mark the landmark anniversary.